Instant Pot Bean Soup with Pesto

Side view of bowl of Instant Pot Bean Soup with Pesto

This Instant Pot Bean Soup with Pesto is made with chickpeas and tomatoes. It’s vegetarian friendly, super delicious and cooks up quick in your pressure cooker.

This Instant Pot Bean Soup with Pesto is made with chickpeas and tomatoes. It's vegetarian friendly, super delicious and cooks up quick in your pressure cooker.

It’s been a while since I gave you all an Instant Pot recipe! I’m amping up on them again for sure, and to start things off, how about a recipe that’s perfect for Fall?

Instant Pot Bean Soup with Pesto.

It’s just begging to be made.


  1. It’s super easy. Just chop up some onion, carrots and celery, open a couple cans, and let the Instant Pot do its work while you prepare the pesto.
  2. It’s healthy and warming. Loaded with fresh veggies and chickpeas for fiber and protein, this soup is perfect for the cooler months.
  3. It’s packed with flavor. The bean soup is amazing on its own, but the dollop of pesto on top takes it over the top.

jar of pesto.Overhead shot of italian bean soup topped with pesto

I would actually call this soup an Italian bean soup. Not only does the pesto give it that touch, but the addition of lots of tomatoes into the mix almost makes it like a minestrone, without the noodles.

So, of course I had to pair this Italian bean soup with some Italian wines from Santa Cristina.

The first wine that I paired with it was the Pinot Grigio. I loved how its bright acidity and citrus notes paired with the rich pesto that was swirled into the soup.

Three cups of italian bean soup.

But as you probably know by now, I’m a Rose girl. I wanted to give that pairing a try too. I really liked how the Cipresseto Rosato had a bit more body to it, but still that hint of acidity. It stood up nicely to the creamy chickpeas.

And for Rick, we had to open up a bottle of Red. The Toscana from Santa Cristina features a blend of Merlot, Syrah, Sangiovese and Cabernet. It’s not overly tannic, which made it perfect for pairing with this tomato based soup.

Overhead shot of cups of soup next to bottle of wine.

Which wine would you choose to pair with this Instant Pot Bean Soup? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Also, I’m super excited to be teaming up with Santa Cristina for a Live Italian Drink Italian Twitter tasting experience on Wednesday, November 7th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time/5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

We’ll be sampling the following wines from the Santa Cristina lineup:

  • 2016 Santa Cristina Rosso, Toscana IGT, $13
  • 2017 Santa Cristina Cipresseto Rosato, Toscana IGT, $14
  • 2017 Santa Cristina Pinot Grigio, delle Venezie DOC 2017, $13

I hope you’ll join us on Twitter on November 7th. To participate, be sure to include the hashtags #SantaCristina #LiveItalianDrinkItalian in your tweets and posts. Follow  Santa Cristina at @santacristina46, moderator Janet Fouts at @JFouts, as well as me, @platingspairing, to virtually enjoy these yummy wines.

Side view of bowl of Instant Pot Bean Soup with Pesto

Instant Pot Bean Soup with Pesto

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bean soup, chickpea soup, instant pot, italian soup, pesto, soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Time for pressure to build and release: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 217 kcal
Author: Erin

This Instant Pot Bean Soup with Pesto is made with chickpeas and tomatoes. It's vegetarian friendly, super delicious and cooks up quick in your pressure cooker. 




  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 14-ounce can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • 1 1/2 packed cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus additional if needed
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 Tablespoon pine nuts toasted



  1. Set Instant Pot to SAUTE and add olive oil. When oil is hot, add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, carrots and celery. Keep stirring and cook about 5 more minutes.

  2. Add the tomatoes, chickpeas, stock, bay leaves, salt and pepper.  Cover and seal the lid - turn the vent to sealing. Hit CANCEL then press the MANUAL (high pressure) button and set the timer to 5 minutes. It will take about 15 minutes for Instant Pot to come to full pressure, then the display will show a countdown timer. When timer beeps, let pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then do a quick pressure release.
  3. While the soup is cooking, prepare the pesto. 

  4. Place the garlic and pine nuts in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 15 seconds. Add the basil leaves. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is thoroughly pureed. Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute. 

  5. When the soup is finished, remove the bay leaves.  Taste and season with pepper and more salt if needed.

  6. Serve in individual bowls topped with pesto.

Recipe Notes

The pesto can be made in advance. Store it in the refrigerator or freezer with a thin film of olive oil on top. It will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days or the freezer for a month. 

I teamed up with Santa Cristina to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

If you loved this Instant Pot Bean Soup recipe I would appreciate it so much if you would give this recipe a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished dish and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Bean Soup with Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 217 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 1156mg 48%
Potassium 90mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 8.4%
Iron 1.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine Pairings with Bean Soup with Pesto:

  • Rosé
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Italian Red Blend

Three cups of italian bean soup.

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Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes

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Instant Pot Persian Beef Stew

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Instant Pot Authentic Italian Sunday Gravy

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  1. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam

    This looks seriously yum. Now that the fall weather has turned cold and rainy, I eat soup around 5 times a week! I’ll be trying this recipe soon.


    1. Erin

      I’m with you Catherine – I’m on a definite soup kick right now!


  2. Hawnuh Lee

    Soup all the time!! This looks good enough that I’m considering an InstaPot right now… the pesto is a really nice touch!


    1. Erin

      I absolutely love my Instant Pot Hawnuh! I’ll bet you could put it to good use too!


  3. Kelsey

    Yum, this sounds so wonderful and cozy.


    1. Erin

      It really is a comforting soup!


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